The 46th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), October 4-7, 2021, to be held virtually

The 46th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), October 4-7, 2021, virtually hosted in Edmonton, Canada

Information for Authors

The LCN provides several opportunities for authors to share their research and contribute to the literature. The main conference is the primary vehicle with which to share current research in full papers up to eight pages in length. Short papers up to four pages in length can be used to share preliminary results.

The LCN Symposium provides an opportunity to provide early work-in-progress on some of the hottest topics in the field, with papers up to six pages in length. The 2021 LCN Symposium is particularly encouraging papers in Edge/Fog Computing, Network Intelligence, and Blockchain Networks.

Author Instructions

Authors are invited to submit papers for presentation at the conference, describing original, previously unpublished work, not currently under review by another conference, workshop, or journal.

Full papers (no more than eight camera-ready pages, 10 pt font in IEEE format) should present novel perspectives within the general scope of the conference. A best paper will be selected based on the quality of research and results, as well as on the quality of presentation by the author.

Short papers are an opportunity to present preliminary or interim results and are limited to four camera-ready pages in length. Short papers will be published in the proceedings.

Symposium papers may be up to six camera-ready pages (10 pt font in IEEE format) in length.

Papers in excess of page limits shall not be considered for review or publication. Both formats are published in the proceedings and IEEE Xplore. All papers must include title, complete contact information for all authors, abstract, and keywords on the cover page.

Paper Formatting and Submission Instructions

Papers must be submitted electronically to EDAS in PDF format, US-Letter size (not A4), with all fonts embedded. (The PDF-A standard complies with that.)

All papers must include title, complete contact information for all authors, abstract, and keywords on the cover page.

Please format your submission using the guidelines provided in IEEE_conf_layout.pdf. The guidelines are implemented in the following templates.

You are strongly encouraged to produce your paper with LaTex, since that will lead to consistent typographic quality, and is widely used in scientific publications.

If you are not a LaTex user yet, please use this submission to start:

  • Template for LaTex users including Bibtex-Style:
  • LaTex authors please verify you are using the following documentclass: \documentclass[letterpaper,conference]{IEEEtran}

Only in case you are unable to use LaTex, other text processors may be used at your own risk. IEEE provides a template for Word in US-Letter size. You have to submit a paper that follows the IEEE conference formatting requirements (e.g., font sizes, margins, and layout). Thus, check them really carefully.

Margins must be:

  • Top: 0.75 inch = 1.91 cm
  • Left/right: 0.62 inch = 1.58 cm
  • Bottom 1.0 inch = 2.54 cm

Further important requirements:

  • Title is set in 24 pt non-bold.
  • Any running headers/footers or page-numbers must be removed.
  • Columns should be balanced, i.e. have same length on each page.
  • Blue-underlining for URLs and email addresses should be removed.

Authors are required to submit their papers through the EDAS web site in three steps:

  1. Creation of a personal account in EDAS (if you are new to EDAS)
  2. Registration of the paper at EDAS.
  3. Upload the paper, in PDF format only, updating the abstract, keywords and topics

EDAS will automatically check some formatting requirements, such as embedded fonts, letter size and margins. Authors can always update their manuscripts before the deadline, overwriting the previous one. For help with EDAS, please contact the EDAS Administrator via the "Request Help" link at the bottom of each page.

Authors should also be aware of the following conditions:

  • It is a requirement that all authors listed in the submitted paper are also listed in EDAS. Note that the author section of EDAS will be "locked" at the conference submission deadline. After the deadline, the list of authors can only be modified by sending a request to the Program Chairs, who will decide on a case-by-case basis based on the reasons provided. This policy is to ensure that conflict-of-interest can be properly enforced during review. It also avoids situations where an author submits a paper without informing his/her co-authors. If a paper's author list in the submitted version does not match that in EDAS, the paper may not be reviewed.
  • The authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the conference. At least one author of each accepted paper must be registered at full rate for that paper to appear in the proceedings and to be scheduled for presentation.
  • IEEE reserves the right to remove papers from IEEE Xplore that are not presented at the conference. In past years, there were papers removed for this reason.

LCN paper registration and submission related dates can be found under the Call for Papers link at

Questions about main conference submissions can be directed to LCN Program Chair Lyes Khoukhi or LCN Program Co-Chair Sharief Oteafy.

Questions about LCN Symposium submissions can be directed to LCN Symposium Chair Florian Tschorsch.